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Is video chat heating up?

Yesterday’s announcement by TokBox of a $10 million series B financing was yet another indication in my mind that the video chat market is on a roll.  Venture Beat reported the story and added the following commentary:

One catch, of course, is that anyone wanting to use TokBox for video chat needs a webcam, which many people still don’t have. But the bigger catch is that video chat, while great for getting some form of face time with those who live far away, doesn’t seem like a vital service.

Video cam’s are nearly ubiqitous these days.  Try to buy a consumer laptop without one.

And as for “vital”, that’s a matter of opinion.  Ask Peter Csathy, who runs TokBox competitor Sightspeed, how he manages his day.  It’s spent in front of Sightspeed talking to his team who are located two hours away from his Southern California office.

Desktop video is here, and it’s growing.

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  • Tsahi Levent-Levi August 7, 2008, 5:09 am

    I feel this is not only the desktop video market, but the whole video chat/telephony/conferece market.
    Large consumer electronic manufacturers are already looking into embedding this technology in their products.

  • Simon Butler December 4, 2008, 9:57 am

    I think that VuYou.com being a real Video Email and Video blog spot is great as they record live to their server and so do not need to wait for uploads. Well worth checking out.

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